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Old 11-16-2005, 10:17 PM
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What thickness of foam for Door Panels? (KristKustoms???)

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I want to buy some Volara Closed-Cell Foam to do my door panels, but I don't know what thickness to buy.

I want to have pleats in the panels to match the pleats in the seat. I was thinking 1/2" foam, but I have also heard some people say to use 1/4" foam. I'm not sure which one I should get.

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Old 11-17-2005, 06:08 AM
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Most upholsterers use 1/8" foam, I can't imagine using 1/2" foam.

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i'm just thinking that 1/8" won't give much depth to the look of the panel that's why I was thinking 1/4"
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I use 1/8" and 3/16" alot. I also use 1/4" sometimes. I use 1/8'' board.

how are you doing the pleats? sew or glue?

These are glued on 3/16" "V" cut foam

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Shannon, I do a lot of street rod interiors. I've seen some of your work and it always impresses me. It has that wow factor.
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Old 11-25-2005, 09:11 AM
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Shannon, I do a lot of street rod interiors. I've seen some of your work and it always impresses me. It has that wow factor.
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Yeah shannon that looks awesome.. maybe someday i can do something that will look as good as that....

i'm using1/8" pvc board, then drilling the holes for clips then another piece of pvc board.. and i was planning on using glue.. i'm not set up for sewing yet... someday though if things go as planned we'll do it all... I do get worried about the glue holding though, but since everyone does it this way it must be ok...
how do you get the rounded edges,, do you just sand down the foam?? and what do you do at the edges to keep it from tearing through the vinyl? tape???

and the next question I have is, can you use vinyl to get the pattern that you used there or do you use a high grade immitation leather.. or do you just use leather??
all help is very appreciated... we have actually been working on the back panels last week.. and the foam just got here also... i like the look of the 3/16" foam.. but i only have 1/8" and 1/4"... hmm.. i'll have to decide which to use when i get to this point...
and once again good job shannon..
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Old 11-26-2005, 09:44 PM
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Yeah shannon that looks awesome.. maybe someday i can do something that will look as good as that....

i'm using1/8" pvc board, then drilling the holes for clips then another piece of pvc board.. and i was planning on using glue.. i'm not set up for sewing yet... someday though if things go as planned we'll do it all... I do get worried about the glue holding though, but since everyone does it this way it must be ok...
how do you get the rounded edges,, do you just sand down the foam?? and what do you do at the edges to keep it from tearing through the vinyl? tape???

and the next question I have is, can you use vinyl to get the pattern that you used there or do you use a high grade immitation leather.. or do you just use leather??
all help is very appreciated... we have actually been working on the back panels last week.. and the foam just got here also... i like the look of the 3/16" foam.. but i only have 1/8" and 1/4"... hmm.. i'll have to decide which to use when i get to this point...
and once again good job shannon..
Use the 1/4" foam for your pleats. Cut 1/4" "V" cuts into the foam. Just play with a small panel before you do the main panels. You should be ok use'n two PVC boards for each panel like you said. Make sure to let the gule set up utill it kinda feels dry to the touch. I use leather 99.9% of the time. I HATE Ultra Leahter. I would rather use Allante, Naugahyde or Symphony vinyl. East Coast Leather has killer close outs sometimes http://www.eastcoastleather.com/
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thanks i will definetely have to check that site out.. I figured the immitation leather would be easy to work with.. what part of it do you not like? I figured the vinyl would be hard to work with.. i'm new to this so your advice is helping me much.. as of right now i placed a order with keyston bros but the guy i've been talking to doesn't seem to know anything about what he is selling..
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Immitation leather is vinyl. Leather is Leather
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well that's what I thought, but they still seem to classify it both ways... grrr.. i'll just have to check out the site you sent me and see if i can get a color list and just get it from there.. From the three vinyl's you listed what's the differences and workability of these products.. it's going to be hard for me to charge for the price of pure leather with some of the projects i'm doing now.. and i've had a few people that said some of the vinyl's are easier to work with and easier to maintain.. so i guess this all just confuses me..
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I HATE Ultra Leahter. I would rather use Allante, Naugahyde or Symphony vinyl. East Coast Leather has killer close outs sometimes http://www.eastcoastleather.com/[/QUOTE]


just wondering, why do you hate ultra leather? I was considering it for my car.
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Ultra Leahter is paper thin. It shows everything under it or should I say it's not forgiving. I've set up my sewing machine for it and it still will not pull the stitching down right when I sewing Ultra Leahter to Ultra Leahter. I have a set of seats here in my shop now that has Ultra Leahter on them. One seat is tight and the other looks like crap. They have not been done long. I'll try to get a pic.
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Just out of curiousity, out of the others listed what is the difference and what one's are better to deal with, and what looks the best..
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thanks for the answer Shannon, I just wanted to say, I've seen some of your work at shows and "you da man"

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